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18 Free Weekender Bag Patterns
With just enough room for toiletries and a change of clothes, a compact bag like
this is just the right size for an overnight getaway or a weekend trip to Grandma's.
And any of these bags would also make a great gym, sport, or dance bag.
Keep in mind though that most of these bag patterns aren't for the faint of heart.
Most require somewhat complex construction techniques consisting of many
pattern pieces, lots of steps, the insertion of one or more zippers, inner pockets
and compartments, linings, and require working with heavy, bulky fabrics - things
that can be challenging even for a experienced seamstress. Therefore, a bag like
this probably wouldn't be a good sewing project for a beginner.
But of course, the payoff for tackling a involved project like this is not only getting
to choose your fabrics, but getting to customize your bag as you'd like and to
experience the satisfaction of a completed project.
To give you bag a more professional look, consider adding hardware such as rivets,
buckles, or metal snaps. Also, leather trim and piping can give your bag a more
finished look. And consider adding a detachable shoulder strap to your bag. This
way, you'll be able to carry it like a piece of luggage and not have a long strap that
could get caught on things while traveling. And consider treating the outside of
your finished bag with a Scotchgard-type stain repellent to help protect it from
Why spend a hundred dollars or more on a designer fabric travel bag when you can
make your own for a fraction of the cost? Here you'll find a collection of over a
dozen free weekender bag patterns & tutorials gathered from all over the web! So if
you're looking to sew a strong, sturdy bag for overnight travel, you've come to the
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